Yoel Romero
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Date set for Hall fight
MiddleweightUFC
June 24, 2020
Romero is expected to take on Uriah Hall in a middleweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location August 22, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Even though Romero is just 1-4 in his last five bouts, three of those were title fights and each of those matchups were incredibly close. He'll finally get a step back in competition this time around, though he'll face in fighter in Hall who has won three of his last four. Hall will also enter with a six-inch reach advantage. Despite the fact that Romero turned 43 years old in April, look for him to enter this matchup as the betting favorite.
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Verbal agreement for August fight
MiddleweightUFC
June 16, 2020
Romero and Uriah Hall have verbally agreed to an August bout at Middleweight, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
There is not a specific date or location at this point, but it is expected to be in August. Romero last fought back in early March when he fell to Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision.
Hopes for quick turnaround
MiddleweightUFC
March 10, 2020
Romero is hoping to return to the Octagon in 12 weeks, his manage Ibrahim Kawa told Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Understanding that UFC President Dana White is unlikely to award Romero another title shot in 2020 following his lackluster defeat at UFC 248, the fighter's camp appears content to settle for "gatekeeper" status -- at least for the time being. Kawa doesn't believe that anyone else in the middleweight division will be able to get through Romero, and with another string of knockouts, the 42-year-old will be back in the title conversation. While his leg appeared to take quite a bit of damage in last Saturday's main event, he's back to jogging according to his personal Instagram, and was even seen walking and dancing at his afterparty. Romero was not mentioned in the official UFC 248 medical suspensions (per MMAFighting.com), so it appears there is no technical roadblock to achieving this goal.
Fails in quest for UFC belt
MiddleweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Romero failed in his quest for the UFC Middleweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 46-49) at UFC 248 on Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Romero got far more love than Adesanya following the bout but this was a terrible fight all the way around. Yoel spent the vast majority of the fight standing in one spot doing absolutely nothing. Romero was furious in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, blaming Adesanya for the lack of action between the two. Romero might have actually won Round 1 despite throwing all of six total strikes. He also probably won Round 2 despite doing much of nothing. Yet after that, Adesanya began to pull away by throwing leg kick after leg kick. Perhaps the lack of action was Adesanya's doing but the bottom line is that Romero turns 43 years old next month and this may have been his last shot at UFC gold. He needed to be more active and he failed to do that. Simply put, everyone involved in this fight lost. That includes the fighters and the fans.
Weight cut on track
MiddleweightUFC
March 3, 2020
Romero told Ariel Helwani of ESPN that as of Monday, he weighs 198 pounds.
ANALYSIS
Romero is used to fielding questions about his weight at this point, as he's twice missed weight for a title fight. Both times were back in 2018 for fights against Luke Rockhold and Robert Whittaker, though each fight proceeded as planned (with Romero ineligible to win the belt). According to Romero, he typically weighs 202 pounds during the Monday of fight week, so he's ahead of schedule in his journey to cut to 185 pounds prior to Friday morning's weigh-ins. Despite the encouraging words, Romero's weight cut will still be one worth monitoring Friday morning.
Underdog in latest shot at UFC gold
MiddleweightUFC
March 2, 2020
Romero is approximately a (+220) betting underdog for his UFC Middleweight Championship fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Romero is no stranger to title fights, as he faced former champion Robert Whittaker twice and narrowly dropped a split decision in the rematch. While he's technically lost three of his last four bouts, Romero has been highly competitive in each and has still never been finished under the UFC banner. Adesanya is a much younger fighter that will hold sizable height and reach advantages, but Romero just needs to get inside once, where his massive power is capable of putting anyone on the roster to sleep. Romero could elect to use his wrestling to negate some of Adesanya's physical advantages, but it won't be easy sledding for the former Olympian, as Adesanya sports a tremendous 85 percent takedown defense. An argument can be made that Adesanya has never faced a wrestler of Romero's caliber, however. If this fight ends up an five-round kickboxing match where Adesanya keeps his distance and peppers Romero from afar, the advantages would clearly lie in the hands of the champion. But if Romero can find a way within Adesanya's guard and make things ugly, it's anyone's fight.